When… Jesus was anointed.
“Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of My burial.” John 12:7
Jesus defended Mary’s extravagant devotion. How about that? How would you like to have Jesus stand up and defend your actions in a public place? What a blessing would that be? It reminds me of the phrase, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” I’d take that word from Jesus above any other performance evaluation. How about you? And it’s one thing for Jesus to speak those words on the final day. It another thing to have Jesus speak it when others are around to hear it.
“Leave her alone.” Literally this could be translated “Forgive her.” Really?!
When Judas accuses her of some kind of unfaithfulness it turns out that his accusation was a cover for his greed and deception. That being the case it makes Jesus’ words both defense and blessing for her. I want Jesus to be my defender and source of blessing. Thank God, He is.
But what if we didn’t know what we know about Judas? What if one person’s extravagant devotion feels “wrongly placed” or a lesser priority” to us? “Forgive,” Jesus says. Within the Body of Christ, the church, there are many ways of giving, sharing, worshipping, responding to Grace, devoting. What if Jesus was asking Judas to see into Mary’s heart? What if this text is challenging us to see deeper into the heart of those who do their devotions in a different way than we are inclined or inspired?
Can we acknowledge someone else’s worship style, someone else’s praise music, someone else’s passionate faith expression as faithful even if it doesn’t mirror ours?